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ALLIUM carinatum

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International Flower Bulb Centre

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

ALLIUM carinatum

Plant Common Name

Keeled Garlic

General Description

Keeled garlic is grown for its spider-like clusters of red-purple, bell-shaped flowers which appear in late spring to midsummer atop tall leafless stems. Its foliage is fine, grassy and green and disappears after the flowers set seed.

This bulbous, clump forming perennial is native to Central and southern Europe, Turkey, and Russia, where it thrives in full sun average soil. Plant it in the fall in a well-drained location under three to four inches of soil. Keeled garlic is a fast grower and best suited to informal plantings. Like most alliums, its blooms make great long-lasting cut-flowers. Plants have a tendency to self-sow.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Turkey

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes